Hyalmer “Mo” Torvinen

HANCOCK – Hyalmer “Mo” Torvinen, 92, of Boston Location and of N. Fort Myers, Fla., died after a short stay at Portage Health in Hancock on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Hyalmer was born on April 9, 1921, in what was known as Demmon, a son of the late John and Katri (Holappa) Torvinen.

As a young man he worked on the family farm and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he returned home to his family and the farm that was known for growing a variety of award winning vegetables. He and his brothers built the Whispering Pines Motel and he was a member of the Houghton County Cabin and Motel Association. Hyalmer also raised cattle, ran milk delivery and built the large pond on the Johnson farm, south of the airport. The family also had an ice rink for winter community skating.

In 1964 he moved downstate to work and met the former Jean Sweeney. They were married on July 10, 1965, in Highland Park, Mich. A couple of years into their marriage, Hyalmer purchased an orange grove in Florida and the family traveled between locations to tend to both the Torvinen Farms and the orange grove in N. Ft. Myers, Fla. The couple had returned home to the remaining acreage of the family farm each summer since 1969.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hancock, the U.S. American Legion and the United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Susan; stepdaughter, Janet; and stepson, John; niece, Diane (Mike); and nephews, John, Andy (Elaine) and Leo (Jill); as well as many other special family members and friends.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers, Henry, Matt, Arvid, Jacob, Emil and Reuben.

A memorial service will be held in the First United Methodist Church in Hancock on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Amy Terhune and Rev. Robert White to officiate.

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with the arrangements.

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